Harmony House

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Harmony House

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  • DescriptionHello travellers!

    We’ve recently built a wonderfully energy efficient passive solar house, complete with off-grid solar for all our energy needs, rain water collection for all our water needs, and a worm farm waste management system for natural black and grey water processing. We’ve put a lot of work in to achieve a fossil-fuel-free, all-electric, household, with as small an environmental footprint as possible.

    We’re also lucky to live in a beautiful rural/coastal area near Inverloch, Victoria, approximately 1 hour 45 minutes south-east of Melbourne. We are close to some of Victoria’s most famous wildlife and wilderness attractions, including the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, the Koala Conservation Reserve, and hiking and camping at Wilson’s Promontory (not to mention numerous local beaches and fishing spots only 10 minutes away!).

    With our house complete, we’re now working to progress the landscaping aspects of our project. We’d be very appreciative of a helping hand or two to help complete: a natural habitat pond, the installation of a watering system, garden beds, vegetable gardens, and a small orchard.

    If all this sounds of interest, we’d love to hear from you! We’re ready for an immediate start, and can accommodate stays of anything from a week to a couple of months - let us know what works for you. We have a private onsite caravan for guests, complete with kitchen, shower and toilet, with optional additional use of a secondary private bathroom.

    (To find out more about our house and our project in general, feel free to have a look at the following:

    - A blurb we did for Sustainable House Day at [https://sustainablehouseday.com/listing/harmony-house/]. This is the shortest overview, and there’s a short video on that page as well (yellow button) showing some of our house features, including our robot lawn mower ‘Humphrey’.

    - A case study on us at the YourHome site [https://www.yourhome.gov.au/case-studies/Inverloch-Victoria], which has a bit more information.

    - And also our house website [https://harmonyhouse.com.au], which has the most information.)
  • LocationAustralia, Victoria, Bass Coast Shire, Wattle Bank

  • Work
  • Type of work Gardening
    Help with eco project
  • Hours per day Usually the standard arrangement for volunteer homestays (i.e. around 4-5 hours a day, Monday to Friday, for full room and board), but definitely open to other mutually agreeable arrangements - let us know what works for you.
  • Work requirements: With our sustainable off-grid house complete, we’re now working to progress the landscaping aspects of our project. We’d be very appreciative of a helping hand or two to help complete: a natural habitat pond, the installation of a watering system, garden beds, vegetable gardens, and a small orchard. All tasks are quite simple and fully explained, and are achieved together.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Can be anything from one week to a couple of months
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? A cat and two guinea pigs.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We have a private onsite caravan for guests, complete with kitchen, shower and toilet, with optional additional use of a secondary indoor private bathroom. Food arrangements can either be with us as a family, or we'll keep your caravan kitchen supplied - totally up to you.
  • Additional info
  • As well as learning about all the sustainable and environmentally friendly features we've crammed into our project, we’re also lucky to be situated in a beautiful rural/coastal area close to some of Victoria’s most famous wildlife and wilderness attractions, including the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, the Koala Conservation Reserve, and hiking and camping at Wilson’s Promontory (not to mention numerous local beaches and fishing spots only 10 minutes away!).